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Old 29 May 2010, 10:31 am
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Default How reliable is the 99 Acura TL 3.2?

I'm considering buying a 99 Acura TL 3.2 for $5,900, It has 94,000 miles, great condition, and an elderly couple is the only owners. I've heard of transmission problems with these but how common are the problems and how much does it cost to fix?
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Old 29 May 2010, 10:46 am
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The automatic transmission problem was on pretty much everything Honda made that was FWD and had a V6. It took Honda years to do anything about it but they never really fixed the problem. Its an expensive fix and I'll bet that its been done 1-2 times on that car already.
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Old 29 May 2010, 11:01 am
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very reliable. but "reliabilty" doesnt mean much with a Honda. they will positively soak u at the dealership. parts and labor/wear items are outrageous. People place a little too much importance on that "Honda reliability". BTW, a car driven by elderly people is one of the worst types of used cars u can buy. A suckers bet.
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Old 29 May 2010, 11:16 am
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Personally, I'd pass on the car, simply because there's an elevated chance that the transmission could go out. I'm the original owner of an '00 V6 Accord with 105K miles and so far so good. The transmission failures affected approximately 3 - 8 % of the '99 - '02 Honda V6 machines, including even some of the '03 TLs.

All of the warranty coverage has long since expired. A repair involves swapping to a rebuilt unit, a cost likely in the $3.5K+ range. And once the transmission has been replaced, the likelihood of it failing again goes up substantially.

Overall, the '99 TL is a great car...unfortunately the transmission failure problem is a 'scarlet letter' of sorts. The car you mentioned represents a gamble. Unless you're willing to risk paying for some costly repairs, I'd recommend shopping for a different Honda product that fits your budget, but that doesn't have a known history of such problems.
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Old 29 May 2010, 11:31 am
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I have a 99 TL with 118K miles on it and I'm still on the original transmission. The 99's didn't have the same problems with the trans as the 00-03's. The 99 had a 4 speed auto and the 00-03's had 5 speed autos. That's when all the problems began. Not saying the 99 trans is bullet proof, but it had far less problems the the newer years. I've had the car for 6 yrs now and I still love it. I just hope the elderly couple didn't baby it too much.
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